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Cleone L. (Anderson) Spiering
September 8, 1929 ~ January 4, 2018
January 6, 2018
Cleone Anderson Spiering, 88, Libby, died of natural causes on January 4, 2018, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. She was surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life and potluck will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 13, at the Elks Lodge, W220 4th Street, Libby.

Born on September 8, 1929 in Albee, South Dakota, to Roy and Treva (Heller) Anderson. Cleone attended Aberdeen Teacher’s College after graduation from high school, becoming a 10 week wonder.

She later received her B.A. from Spearfish Teacher’s College in 1963. On June 5, 1948 she was married to Merlin Spiering in Revillo, South Dakota. Cleone worked as a teacher in a one room school house for 11 years while her husband farmed.

In 1959, Merlin, Cleone and their two daughters moved to Spearfish, South Dakota, and in 1965 they began traveling with The Boeing Minute Man Missile Program and Cleone gave up teaching. They traveled with Boeing until 1978, when they moved to Bull Lake, Montana, and purchased The Halfway House.

Widowed in 1987, Cleone lived out at Bull Lake until she asked her daughters for a chainsaw. She was then moved to Libby. While in Libby, she lived a full and independent life, spending her time in her garden, with her family, playing cards with her friends and going to bingo.

Cleone was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Spiering, daughter Candace Maples and her parents, Roy and Treva Heller Anderson.

She is survived by her daughter Pamela Peppenger, grandchildren Sydney (Steve) Ward, Sara (Shawn) Miller, Zachariah (Tracy) McNew, Corey (Jennifer) McNew and Jessica Maples, great grandchildren Brandon (Malarie) Laffoon, Andrew (Belinda) Boswell, Nick Christopherson, Paige (Jimmy) Tolle, Kyle McNew, Chloe McNew and Riley McNew, great-great grandchildren Brady, Brody, James, Harper and Braxley, her grand-dogs Maya, Rudy, Molly, Miles, Daisy, Kanga, Moses, Kotah, Maggie and Daisy, siblings Jowaine Bevers, Denniss (Gerry) Anderson and Jacquelyn (Jim) Sterry, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to CPMC Infusion Center: Spreading Joy for Jenny. Arrangements are under the care of Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home of Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting